Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Astrophysics

University of California Irvine School of Physical Sciences

Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Astrophysics ~ Spherex Mission

Job #JPF07245
  • Physics and Astronomy / School of Physical Sciences / UC Irvine

Application Window

Open November 22nd, 2021 through Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

If you apply to this recruitment by May 31st, 2022, you will have until June 30th, 2022 to complete your application.

Position description

Applicants are invited for a postdoctoral scholar position beginning August 1st, 2022 or earlier.

The postdoctoral fellow will work in Prof. Asantha Cooray’s group on topics related to extragalactic astronomy, data analysis topics in large-scale structure, infrared background and its fluctuation, and galaxy clustering studies. The position is related to group’s participation the SPHEREx mission. Extensive collaboration with SPHEREx teams based at Caltech/JPL is expected. SPHEREx is currently scheduled to be launched in June 2024 and the UCI group is leading the galaxy formation science objectives with SPHEREx deep field maps. Substantial involvement in the SPHEREx data analysis pipeline will retain SPHEREx membership rights at the end of the position.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent prior to beginning the appointment. A background in extragalactic astrophysics and familiarity with wide area imaging data analysis methods with Python and other tools are useful for this position.

The initial appointment will be for two years, with up to a total of five years contingent on successful performance and continued availability of funds for SPHEREx. Salary will be determined based on experience. The position includes significant research and travel funds. US Citizenship or Permanent Residency is preferred.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent prior to beginning the appointment.

Applicants should send a CV, publication list, statement of research interests, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted via UC Irvine’s online application system, RECRUIT, located at

For full consideration, applications should be received by January 31st 2022.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants must have a Ph.D in Physics or Astronomy or equivalent prior to beginning the appointment.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required
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Campus Information

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Job location

Irvine, CA